Eight of 26 people arrested during Wednesday’s “sweep” of suspected opiate dealers and users in and around Madison County remained behind bars on Thursday.
Ashley McQuirt, 26; Ashley A. Davis, 28; Jamie L. Rice, 27; Jasmine Cain, 24; Joseph Johnson, 35; Joseph Hamilton, 36, and Thomas Greathouse, 48, were in Tri-County Regional Jail, according to the jail’s roster.
All are London residents with the exception of Greathouse. His address is Whitehall.
Delaware resident Michael Garrett, 28, was already in the Delaware County Jail when he was served with a new warrant on Wednesday, according to assistant prosecutor Nick Adkins.
The remaining 18 were arrested and released. They either posted a bond or presented no risk of leaving the area, according to Sheriff Jim Sabin.
All 26 suspects are scheduled for arraignment in common pleas court on Friday.
In the meantime, authorities worked to locate five additional suspects indicted on drug trafficking charges by the grand jury earlier this month.
Sabin was satisfied with Wednesday’s take-down — the end result of a four-month undercover investigation nicknamed “Operation Bases Loaded.”
“It was another successful operation from our (Madison County) drug task force,” Sabin said. “We know we didn’t get everyone involved in this kind of illegal activity. So we will continue to investigate.”
Sabin complimented not only his own deputies, but also the county’s municipal police forces who joined Wednesday’s effort.
London Police Chief Dave Wiseman agreed the success of “Operation Bases Loaded” rested on cooperation among all area law enforcement agencies.
Adkins commended work of the task force, noting “Operation Bases Loaded” was one of the largest undercover investigations in the county’s history.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.